A dog is man’s best friend, so of course, you want to bring your pup along with you when you travel. However, it’s not as simple as just grabbing the leash and heading out the door. Preparation is important, and there are some problems you might run into. Below are ways to prepare for and overcome these problems so you can enjoy a trip with your dog.
Problem: What to Pack
The first step for anyone preparing to leave for travel is to pack what you need. You may already have a bag with pup’s stuff if you bring him along for day-to-day activities. Items like their leash, collapsible bowls, poop bags, and treats are likely already in your bag. Depending on your destination, you may need other items and gear. If you are going to the beach, you may want to bring dog-approved sunscreen and a Frisbee for your dog to play with. If you are going hiking or camping, you will want to pack a top-rated backpack for your doggo to help carry some of the supplies. Research your activity to ensure that you have all the proper gear.
Problem: Transporting Your Pup
Unless you are embarking upon a staycation with your furry friend, you are going to need to travel to reach your destination. If you are planning to fly with your dog, be sure to properly research the rules, restrictions, and consider your dog’s personality and breed. Some breeds, like short-nosed dogs, have troubles breathing at certain altitudes, so travel by air may not be a safe option for your pet. Most often, people choose to travel by car when bringing along their doggo. A road trip allows for flexibility to stop as often as needed to allow for bathroom breaks and rehydration. Research a quality vehicle harness to keep your pup safe in the event of a car accident. Just like for people, your dog’s safety is a priority when traveling.
Problem: Finding Dog-Friendly Locations
Choosing the right destination takes just as much consideration and planning as preparing to travel. Not all places are dog-friendly, and you don’t want to bring your pet with you only to have to leave him in a hotel room the whole time. Outdoor adventures like hiking, camping, boating, and even skiing are all a great opportunity to have your doggo come along with you. According to the Travel Channel, beach vacations can be pet-friendly, but you need to do your research. Every beach is different, and not all of them allow pets. Many major cities are becoming more flexible for pet owners, allowing dogs to eat on the patio with you at restaurants. So, plan ahead and you’ll be able to include your pup in all of your activities.
Problem: Overnight Stays
You’ve packed your bags, hopped in the car, and now you’re headed to your destination. When you have to stop for the night, plan ahead to ensure that pet-friendly accommodations are available. If you are already planning to go camping, you can easily find a national park or campsite along the way to pitch a tent with your pup. If not, you will need to research which hotels allow pets and whether they will charge a pet fee. Another option that, according to VRMB, is growing in popularity is to utilize a vacation rental home for a night. Again, you need to ensure that pets are allowed, but there are many that are dog-friendly, and they are extremely affordable. You may even luck out and find one with a yard to let your pooch run around a bit.
With the right planning and preparation, you can avoid all these problems. You can relax and enjoy your vacation with man’s best friend.
This post appears courtesy of Nick Burton from ourbestdoggo.com
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